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  1. I know there is no show, but are they going to have an awards ceremony for the Bucs anyway since they would have won ?
  2. I am sure the members would be happy to pay union dues and to have a union rep with each corps making 6 figures. Then politicians would come to them before every election and promise that they will keep other musicians from performing in their territory so long as they fund their next campaign. Then they would have to make sure the corps do not perform in "right to work" states. Maybe force High school bands to unionize in closed shop states. Yup it is a great idea.
  3. I was watching an interview with some program coordinators back in May. They were talking about how they hired a lighting consultant to analyse the lighting at Lucas Oil and chose the colors used in their show based on that. So I am pretty after corps have spent money like that the roof is not going to open.
  4. I think the facilities thing will cancel most WGI . I am heavily involved with one of my local theater groups . I had a long talk with the artistic director a few days ago and we plan on having theater in Sept and Oct. While we own 300 seat theater, the first show of next season will be presented outdoors and with spacing for social distance. there will be a super sound system and we can only have 130 people in attendance in clusters of no more than 4. It will be different but at least the actors will act and loyal patrons will get to see theater provided it doesn't rain.
  5. I had thought that in the past 20 years DCI had done a pretty good job providing a safe space for minority marchers. I know that they have made many LGBT people welcome in corps and has been a safe space for that community. I can only gauge outreach to the black community by looking at the # of African Americans marching and it seems to have dropped slightly the last few years based on a casual glance. I had thought DCI made a positive impact in the community. I now realize that DCI has wronged marchers of different backgrounds and that most corps felt that they needed to apalogize I am not su
  6. Dundalk and catonsville also canceled pretty sure the others will be canceled
  7. I was just wondering id any corps have made plans for 4th of July Parades or if they have heard if they have been canceled. I have always thought these parades were a great way for corps to make money and to expose a wider crowd to the marching arts. I don't know how much it would take to pull the corps together for maybe 3 days of parades.
  8. I have read his book "So you want to start a drum Corps" 3 different times and every time I get a different view on what he did and how it effected the activity. I think as I have been more involved in logistics some things make more sense. He also explains why he took Star out of DCI, I am not going to paraphrase but I think it was for the good of eh activity. Every other week I go and pay money to a woman to send painful electric jolts through my face to get rid of nasty hairs on my face. She is from Indiana so one day I was telling here about how we wind up in Indy every year
  9. We are offering the following options for the tickets you purchased through our Ticket Fundraiser: · Donate your ticket to (well managed DCI Corps) as a tax-deductible donation As a thank you for your donation, you will receive a membership in our( club for donors) · Push the amount of your ticket order forward to apply to your 2021 ticket order · Refund your ticket order, or a portion of it The $5 per ticket handling fee is non-refundable and not tax-deductible So it seems that if you bought through the corps you at least have the option of
  10. 200 people? One, they could be counting every person who gets some money from the BlueCoats, every advisor, prop designer, summer tech, etc, plus bingo hall workers. I know Carolina Crown and Phantom Regiment each have 2 or 3 full time employees everyone else is contracted for their specific job. With season canceled I don't know how liable they are to continue paying those folks. If MM can be released from their contracts I imagine the corps could also cancel instructor contracts.
  11. Back in the fall there was quite a bit of discussion on here about the guidelines that DCI set for corps being approved for World Class and Open Class. A lot of that was in response to the situation with Pioneer but many of those ideas if put in place would help out the corps in a situation like this. One was a financial reserve I think it was 50k for World class corps. I don't think they were thinking of this happening but those that had that are better off now. It also said that corps should make efforts to ensure they have non tour or dues revenue I think the # was 40%. I know that a lot o
  12. In my event planning days 90 days out was usually the last chance to cancel things without incurring penalties. These days arn't normal days, bus companies and staduims may be glad to have any business this summer, Same with facilities rent but if they (DCI) cancel June 1st they might get stuck paying quite a bit to Lucas Oil Stadium but now they could probably get out of any lease agreement. The longer they wait the greater the cost of canceling will be. Most of the established corps will be able to cover the day to day cost with regular Maroon and Gold Club or alumni donations or the
  13. I think about 20 years ago there was some deal where Disney was going to take over as a primary sponsor of DCI, moving several DCI champs to Orlando, I think that Disney owning ESPN would have help get it on TV there. I was out of the US at the time so I did not follow closely at the time. I think one thing that many corps objected to was that DCI week would have been a permanent thing between Gay Days and Right to Life week in Orlando. ( actually this may have become the idea to stay in Indy for a while). I think the corps were not willing to give Disney control and I thought that was when
  14. DCA may actually be better off than DCI in this. They don't need to get a college that won't let the football team have spring practice to open up for a corps to have spring training, Also most DCA corps don't need weekend housing. With their Labor day champs they could still put together show even if virus fears don't subside until July. The corps that have become more DCI like with housing and such might have a tougher time
  15. One other thing that could make cancellation of the season happen is that events scheduled for now may be postponed and rescheduled for dates during the tour. I know my theater group and my Audubon chapter have rescheduled events to times that I had planned on volunteering with a corps on the road. I have to make a choice which I will do now and the other events I am a commitee member and an important cog in making it happen, Drum Corps I am just a worker Bee. I can imagine some groups will try to have a prom mid summer before the kids all go off to college, maybe some postponed graduations.
  16. Well the news conference just said we could be under emergency measures until July, Which would mean no 2020 DCI season
  17. Once a week or so get out my grill and cook for 150 neighborhood kids, and remind them to drink lots of water. Just for kicks show up at a high school that I have never been to, in a random state at 6am and try to find where the bathroom is without waking up anyone sleeping inside, then try to find an ice machine that we are allowed to use,
  18. I think the corps spend most of their money on tour, so if it were cancelled before the tour began I would think most well established corps could weather it, no need to pay someone to write a new show for next year. Also they could just not hire staff for the summer.Where it would really hurt is the kids who have flown to some practices, given up summer job opportunities, and ser high expectations for eh summer. I don't know how many would go back and start again next winter if there is a possibility something like that (Virus) could happen again.
  19. DCI posted on their site that Carolina Gold would be evaluated in March.
  20. I am sure the kids will lineup to carry a marching timpani,
  21. I think their thinking is that they are approved by DCI for all age, so therefore they should not have to got through the entire application and evaluation process that is required for new corps attempting to join open class. However DCI has been burned by corps going on tour and finding out that their finances are not in order midway through the tour. I can't imagine DCI approving a corps for open class without a thorough financial review. Over the past 2 years at least 1 corps had to barrow money from the Blue Devils so that they could get home from finals. DCI does not want this to become
  22. They are not listed for DCI finals, or open class finals yet. They are still listed with DCA, and they are not listed with DCI open class corps yet. They signed up for the shows that they are listed in as an all age corps.